The Alzheimer’s Society is set to bring GLOW back to MediaCityUK following its success last year.
The 4.5km night-time walk will begin at The Piazza, MediaCity in Salford at 6.30pm to start the walk at 7.30pm on Saturday 14 March 2020. The event will be run by a body of 70 volunteers, working alongside full time staff in order to run smoothly and safely.
Part of Alzheimer’s Society’s front running Memory Walk campaign, people across England and Northern Ireland are able to play a part in fundraising, by walking distances from 4.5km to 6km.
GLOW encourages unity against dementia in honor of family members, friends and colleagues affected by the condition. Memory Walks are open to all ages (and dogs!), so the whole family are able to walk together.
Walkers will sport official, blue, Memory Walk t-shirts and are invited to dress in their glow-in-the-dark best – fairy-lights and glow-sticks aplenty.
Kay Rodgers, GLOW Event Manager, says “The atmosphere is really amazing, most people there are walking for someone affected by dementia.
“you can feel that sense of togetherness, even though everyone there is a stranger to everyone else, they’re all there for the same reason. ”
Last year, proved a success for the first GLOW Memory Walks across the country. Two and a half thousand people participated in GLOW Manchester alone, raising £160,000. GLOW events were also run in Bristol and London.
The three walks raised a combined total of £390,000 for the society. Individuals are set a target of £160, however every penny counts.
Founded in 1979, Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity, providing information, support, funds for research and campaigning to improving care for people affected by the condition.
This year the charity will celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Taking part in a GLOW walk will aid Alzheimer’s Society improve care,fund research and create a lasting change for anyone with dementia. Individuals are set a target of £160 to raise, however every penny counts.
“£15 we can get 4 new dementia friends, so that’s training people up about dementia and how it affects people and how they can support people with the condition.
“Then in terms of bigger sums, £10,000 means that we can train a PhD student for 4 months, which helps with research,” explains Kay, giving an insight as to how raised money is utilised.
“We had really great feedback and the atmosphere on the night was great. We also managed to raise lots of money for the society. That’s why we’re really looking forward to being back at Salford Quays and doing the event again”
This year 12 GLOW walks are taking place, with a prediction of 12,000 participants across all 12 events.
To get involved, register on: memorywalk.org.uk/glow before Wednesday 11 March. Registration will not be available at the event.